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Sophomore Lineman Getting Better
Sophomore offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg impressed last weekend in the Cleveland St. Ignatius 23-17 upset win over Lakewood St. Edward. Eichenberg, 6-foot-5, 275-pounds, is one of the top 2016 prospects in the state of Ohio, and a player that has gotten progressively better over the course of this season. "The win over St. Edward is huge for us," Eichenberg stated after the game. "We've lost some games this year, so maybe tonight is the start for us to get back to being a powerhouse in Ohio. We have lost to some nationally ranked teams, so this win should help us a lot." "I thought I played alright tonight," he added. "I'm getting better every week, but I could have played better tonight. This was my first big rivalry game, so the intensity was way up and I loved it. As a sophomore, this was the biggest game I've ever played in." Ohio State offered Eichenberg a scholarship prior to the start of his sophomore season, and he is in the early stages of the recruiting process. "I haven't visited anywhere this year for games yet, and it's tough because we play a lot on Saturday," he explained. "Ohio State is my only offer right now, and I'm hoping to get down there this coming weekend for the Penn State game." "We play Saturday afternoon, so we are planning on going to Ohio State after that," he continued. "My coach said there are other schools showing interest in me, but nobody else has invited me in for games yet. I think it will be great being on the sideline before the game, and then being able to watch how the coaches teach the players." EVALUATION: After seeing Eichenberg prior to the season opener in a scrimmage against Canton McKinley, and then seeing him again last week, it's apparent how much he's improved in every area. He has a great frame to add weight and strength, and his foot quickness was better. As a sophomore he is very raw as an offensive lineman, but he should continue to get better playing in such a great program. It's rare for sophomores to start at St. Ignatius on the offensive line, so the potential is there to be a top 2016 prospect.
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